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XSS Homepage Framework for Employee SelfService

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XSS Homepage Framework
The following session explains:
Benefits of XSS Homepage Framework Short Introduction How to customize your own ESS Homepage

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Benefits of the XSS Homepage Framework
For endusers
Simple and fast access to all Web applications such as ESS applications Access to context information Fast access to e.g. frequently used ESS applications Reminder functionality

For companies
Easy grouping of Web applications Possibility to provide customer individual information such as vacation rules Inclusion of external links (guidelines, manuals etc.)

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Introduction of new Homepage Framework

Area group page

Area page
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The Homepage Framework enables you to create area group and area pages, thereby providing your employees easy access to Web applications (services) that run in the SAP Enterprise Portal. These pages group and describe the different services and contain hyperlinks which they can be started. Various components such as Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Service can use the framework.

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Deactivate services.Flexibility Area Group Page and Area Page Flexible text adaption Edit area and service description Edit the link text of the hyperlinks Add additional customer individual information Flexible service behaviour Emphasise certain service Deactivate services Display employee-specific information as dynamic links (e. guidelines etc. you can edit link text of the hyperlinks that the employees use to start the service and you can add additional customer individual information like integration of html pages including company rules. manual. external links to e. Flexible service behaviour such as emphasising certain services (for example. because there is an urgent deadline). Add customer specific services including short descriptions Easy exchange of picture possible © SAP AG 5 .g. "Nine days of leave will expire by <Date>") . Display employee-specific information as dynamic links (for example.g. „Nine days of leave will expire by <Date>“) Assign customer specific services and short description Individual change of picture © SAP AG 2005 The homepage framework offers the following functions: Flexible text adaptation such as you can easy edit area and service descriptions.

g.Flexibility of Area Group Page (Homepage) group text area link text short area description quick links Picture © SAP AG 2005 The Area Group page or Homepage is very flexible. you can easy adapt e. text elements on the area group page (homepage) or pictures © SAP AG 6 .

subarea header text. © SAP AG 7 . service link text and service description Also the picture can be exchanged against an own picture.Flexibility of Area Page 1 area link text subarea service link text service description Picture © SAP AG 2005 Also the area page is easy adaptable. You can change the following text elements quick and easy: Area link text.

g. company defined rules such as vacation rules etc.Flexibility of Area Page 2 area description header long area description © SAP AG 2005 It is als possible for customers to provide customer individual information on area pages. © SAP AG 8 . guide line. links to manuals. On the right side the customer can provide e.

Where to Customize the ESS Homepage? The new XSS homepage concept is available since mySAP ERP 2004. The customizing of the ESS homepage is located in the Backend system.0 To customize the ESS homepage go into the backend system ECC 6. The underlying backend system for mySAP ERP 2005 is system ECC6.0! © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 9 .

You should also make a list of the necessary resource objects © SAP AG 10 . Make a list of the necessary resources © SAP AG 2005 We recommend you make a graphical design of the areas and services you want to implement. the hierarchical relations between these elements will become apparent. This way.Before you Start! Make a graphical design of the areas and services you want to implement! The hierarchical relations between these elements will become apparent.

...SVGg © SAP AG 11 .. Header Hi Areagroup AG1 . Area An Subarea SA1 ...SVs Area A1 .. Subarea SAm Service S1 ...... Service Sk © SAP AG 2005 Resource R1.. Areagroup AGi Server SV1...Rr Servicegroup SVG1..Graphical Design – Entities and Relations Header H1 .

..SVs Servicegroup SVG1...Example Graphical Design ESS Homepage Cut-out Header H1 Area Group AG1 = Employee Self-Service Resource R1.. Service Sk © SAP AG 2005 Server SV1..SVGg © SAP AG 12 . Service S4 = Total Compensation Statement Service S5 = Employment Verification Area An Subarea SAm Service Sm ....Rr Area A1 = Benefits and Payment Subarea SA1 = Benefits Service S1 = Open Enrollment Service S2 = Participation Overview Subarea SA1 = Payment Service S3 = Salary Statement ..

there are two views for the IMG activities in this section: The first view contains SAP's standard entries. Use this view to change SAP's standard entries.How to Find the Right Customizing Path? IMG -> Cross-Application Components -> Homepage Framework © SAP AG 2005 You can then implement this concept using the IMG activities. The second view contains each entry that is entered in the first view. Use this view to add your own entries. For technical reasons. The views in which you assign areas. are an exception. and define the order in which they are displayed. In this case you need the first view only to look up SAP entries you want to hide or extend. subareas and services. © SAP AG 13 .

Resource definition © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 14 . Area page definition 4. Service definition (including country-specific services) 5. Header definition (optional) 2.How to Customize the ESS Homepage? Step-by-Step 1. Area group definition 3.

0. The header contains a picture and a welcome text for the employee. Customers have to be aware that the integration of ESS into non-SAP Portals can only be realized through a customer project. SAP will only guarantee maintenance and support of ESS with Enterprise Portal 6.0. Please inform your Account manager in case you would like to use ESS stand-alone!! © SAP AG 15 .0. Note: Official positioning of ESS in mySAP ERP 2004 is ESS with SAP Enterprise Portal 6. This IMG step is optional because the header picuture is only nice to have if you would like to test the ESS on the J2EE Server independent from the Enterprise Portal 6. you define the header for your ESS homepage.Header Definition (Optional for Test Purposes) © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity.

© SAP AG 16 . you define area group pages. hyperlinks to access the area pages. Please note In case you have employees (employee groups) accessing different ESS Services offering you have to define for every group of employee a separate ESS homepage and a corresponding ESS Portal menu. and hyperlinks to start services directly.Area Group: Basic Definition © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. Area group pages contain descriptions of areas. Activities: Define one area group page or Homepage for Employee Self-Service.

you define area pages.g. and so on). Note: You group familiar ESS applications in one area page as you have already provided in your graphical design © SAP AG 17 . Leave Request. Area pages contain services (Web applications) that are related to each other. Activities: You need to define at least one area page. Employees access an area page from an area group page. Example: You define an area page for all services e. in the Time Management area (Record Working Times.Area: Basic Definition 1 © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity.

Area: Basic Definition 2 Two options possible: 1) area description text or 2) external html page © SAP AG 2005 You can define additional information for your area page Note: You have two options to provide customer individual information here: 1) adding an area description text 2) refering to an external html page © SAP AG 18 .

Area Group / Area : Basic Definition © SAP AG 2005 You define here the are description appearing on the area group page. © SAP AG 19 .

This applies to area group pages delivered by SAP as well as your own area group pages. Look up the relevant entry in the first view of this IMG activity. Activities: If you want to hide an area on an area group page that has been delivered by SAP. Repeat this entry with position 0 in the second view of this IMG activity.Relation Between Area Group and Areas © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. © SAP AG 20 . you assign each area to an area group page and define its position. If you want to add your own areas to an area group page. 2. enter the area group page in the second view of this IMG activity and assign your areas to it. proceed as follows: 1.

Subarea: Basic Definition © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. You use subareas to group the services that belong to an area on the screen. you define subareas. © SAP AG 21 . Activities: You need to define at least one subarea per area. Areas and subareas can be compared to headings and subheadings in a document.

Look up the relevant entry in the first view of this IMG activity. © SAP AG 22 . you assign subareas to area pages and define their position. enter the area page in the second view of this IMG activity and assign your subareas to it.Relation Between Area and Subareas © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. proceed as follows: 1. If you want to add your own subareas to an area page. Repeat this entry with position 0 in the second view of this IMG activity. 2. This applies to area pages delivered by SAP as well as your own area pages. Activities: If you want to hide a subarea on an area page that has been delivered by SAP.

a hyperlink and a short description will appear on the related area page. BSP: Service build with BSP 2. ITS: ITS-based service 3.Service: Basic Definition © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. Web Dynpro applications) that are to appear on the area pages. For each service you define.g. Employees use this link to start the service. WEBDYNPRO: Web Dynpro application © SAP AG 23 . You can make numerous settings to define where and how the hyperlink to the service will appear such as emphasize the service Service Types: The homepage framework supports the following service types and expects entries in this view as indicated below: 1. you define the services (e.

If there is no country-specific service definition. you define country-specific services.(Number in brackets = country grouping) The service for displaying SAP standard salary statement is the same for Germany. the system uses the service definition in the V_T7XSSSERSRV and V_T7XSSSERSRVC views. the system uses the customer service definition in the V_T7XSSSERSRVCG and V_T7XSSSERSRVCGC views. If the general service definition does not contain a resource object. For Canada and the USA. © SAP AG 24 . If there is a country-specific service definition. you have developed a customer specific service with additional content. When an employee from Germany. Austria or Switzerland starts the service for displaying salary statements. You define a general service for displaying the salary statement in the V_T7XSSSERSRV and V_T7XSSSERSRVC views referring to the corresponding Resource Object of the Standard Salary statement service. and Switzerland. This enables you to define country-specific variations of services for certain countries while using a general service definition containing a resource object with more international character for all other countries. Austria (02). When an employee starts a service. the system uses the general service definition in the V_T7XSSSERSRV and V_T7XSSSERSRVC views. Switzerland (03). Example 1: Your company has employees in five different countries: Germany (01). the system uses this definition. Austria. Furthermore you define two additional services for the country groupings 07 and 10 in the V_T7XSSSERSRVCG and V_T7XSSSERSRVCGC views containing the Resource object for your customer specific salary statement Service. the system determines the employee's country grouping and checks if there is a country-specific service definition in the V_T7XSSSERSRVCG and V_T7XSSSERSRVCGC views. When an employee from Canada or the USA starts the service for displaying salary statements.Definition of Country Specific Services <no entry here!!> © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. Canada (07) and USA (10) . the system does not display the service (see example 2).

You define a country-specific service with a resource object for country grouping 03 in the V_T7XSSSERSRVCG and V_T7XSSSERSRVCGC views. © SAP AG 25 . This service is only displayed for employees in Switzerland.Example 2 Your company has employees in two different countries: Germany (01) and Switzerland (03) (Number in brackets = country grouping) There is a service that is only relevant for employees from Switzerland. You define a general service without a resource object in the V_T7XSSSERSRV and V_T7XSSSERSRVC views.

Look up the relevant entry in the first view of this IMG activity 2.Relation Between Subarea and Services © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. Repeat this entry with position 0 in the second view of this IMG activity. Activities: If you want to hide a service in a subarea that has been delivered by SAP. This applies to subareas delivered by SAP as well as your own subareas. © SAP AG 26 . you assign each service to a subarea and define its position. If you want to add your own services to a subarea. proceed as follows: 1. enter the subarea in the second view of this IMG activity and assign your services to it.

We recommend you choose meaningful technical names and short descriptions for the resources. each of these objects is a resource. Example: If the resource object is a service. you define various pages that the system displays in the Web browser. you define resources to be used in area group pages and area pages. Please note the service type was defined in the service definition IMG step: BSP: Service build with BSP Directory Path: No entry Object Name: BSP-Application/BSP-Page ITS: ITS-based service Directory Path: No entry Object Name: ITS-Application © SAP AG 27 .Resource Definition © SAP AG 2005 In this IMG activity. Note that certain fields in this IMG activity only apply to certain types of resources. The resources you define here will be available in the input help of the other IMG activities.’ In the homepage framework. Services (Web Applications) and Uniform Resource Locators (URL) In terms of the homepage framework. it does not make sense to enter URL parameters. Pictures. Service Types: The homepage framework supports the following service types and expects entries in this view as indicated below. If the resource object is a picture file. you need to provide the relevant content at the location the URL refers to. it makes sense to enter URL parameters. When you define a URL for a resource. Resources can be reused throughout the pages you define. These pages contain objects of different types such as Texts.

sap. you need to enter the PCD page that starts a service in the SAP Enterprise Portal.pct.PORTALPAGE: Call a Portal page (PCD) Directory Path: No entry Object Name: No entry Enter the absolute URL of the page in the URL of PCD Page field URL: Direct URL launched in a separate window You can either enter the relevant parts of the URL in the Directory Path and Object Name fields or enter an absolute URL in the URL of PCD Page field.pct/every_user/com. This applies to all service types.com/ess~skl URL of PCD Page: ROLES://portal_content/com.sap.employee. For this service.sap. the following entries are necessary in the fields mentioned above: Object Name: SkillsApplication Directory Path: sap.CareerServi ces © SAP AG 28 . WEBDYNPRO: Web Dynpro application Directory Path: Vendor/DC-Name Object Name: Web Dynpro application In addition to these entries.pct. Example: The service that lets employees display and change their skills profile is a Web Dynpro application.ess/pages/com.

change. Within the standard homepage customizing the following EIC services are delivered! EIC Authentication Service: By using this services employee can enter.Integration of EIC Into ESS You have already implemented EIC and now you would like to activate the corresponding EIC services. or delete your authentication data for the Employee Interaction Center © SAP AG 29 . change or delete their authentication data for the Employee Interaction Center Help Desk service (callable within all ESS services!) This service have to be activated within every ESS service © SAP AG 2005 Enter.

Integration of EIC Into ESS – EIC Authentication Service In the standard ESS homepage this service is available via ESS area page ‘Personal Information’ © SAP AG 2005 Enter. change. or delete your authentication data for the Employee Interaction Center © SAP AG 30 .

Integration of EIC Into ESS – EIC Authentication Service The Service is allocated to the subarea ‘Personal Information’ which is itself allocated to the area group page ‘Personal Information’ Service Subarea © SAP AG 2005 Enter. change. or delete your authentication data for the Employee Interaction Center © SAP AG 31 .

Integration of EIC Into ESS – Help Desk Service The EIC help desk service can be integrated in every ESS service © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 32 .

Integration of EIC Into ESS – Help Desk Service In the standard homepage customizing the corresponding EIC Help desk service is marked as Help Service – This means that this service can be activated as ‘Help Service’ in every ESS service © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 33 .

Integration of EIC Into ESS – Help Desk Service Activate EIC Help Desk service in ESS service ‘Bank Information’: Allocate the EIC help desk service ‘EIC_SERVICE_REQUEST to the corresponding ESS service ‘EMPLOYEE_PERSINFO_BANK05’. © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 34 .

© SAP AG 2005 New in ESS Business Package ERP 2005: Additional iviews and corresponding portal pages representing ESS services With ESS Business Package ERP 2004 one Portal page including a generic iview was delivered -> with ERP 2005 for every ESS service one iview and corresponding portal page is delivered which replace the one portal page/generic iview concept. Also an ESS service is defined via homepage framework customizing in the ECC 6. For the Area group page and for every Area page one Portal page and one iview are delivered.0) (workset) and ESS applications.Portal Page and Homepage Framework The ESS Business Package (ERP 2005) contains Several Portal pages for calling the ESS area group and area pages (ECC6. The function of the iview is among other things to render the application in the Portal environment and to benefit of Portal features like Web Dynpro personalization. © SAP AG 35 . The iview refer to the homepage Web Dynpro application and is responsible for the portal navigation.0 backend system. To every Portal page one iview is allocated. For every ESS service one Portal page and one iview are delivered. Please see more information on how to do this on the SAPNetWeaver pages. Services in the Portal are represented by one Portal page and one appropriate iview. Note: You have to implement the ESS Business Package according to the guidelines defined for Portal Content by SAPNetWeaver.

•Transport packages and •Workset objects © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 36 . •Pages. •Roles.Portal Content Administration of BP ESS Portal content structure of the ESS Business package in ERP 2005 The Portal content structure includes •Iviews.

Portal Content Administration of BP ESS Portal content structure of pages delivered with the Business Package for ESS in ERP 2005 With the ESS Business Package pages for Area Group (Homepage) Areas (Worksets) and ESS services Area group Are delivered © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 37 .

Relationship Portal Content Objects – Homepage Objects Role Workset n = Portal page = Area group page Workset 2 = Portal page = Area page Workset 1 = Portal page = Area page Iview = ESS Area page Portalpage n Iview = ESS service Portalpage 1 Iview = ESS service Portal Content objects: blue homepage objects: red © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 38 .

0 – Backend system ESS Homepage Customizing Page for – ESS service Address Book (Who’s Who) Connection homepage objects and portal content objects © SAP AG 2005 You need one page for calling the ESS homepage applications (Area group page and the Area page) You need for every single application one page For every defined page a corresponding iview is defined! © SAP AG 39 .Portal Page and Homepage Framework Enterprise Portal Page for ESS area page ‘Address Book’ ECC 6.

sap.sap. © SAP AG 40 .pct.pct.pct.ess. The URL delivered in the standard is referring to the corresponding standard delivered ESS portal iview PCD location.ess.roles/com.sap.Portal Content and Homepage Framework Relationship How can you link the objects defined via Homepage Framework to the objects defined In the Portal Content administration? You have to link the corresponding PCD Location URL extracted from the Portal Employee Self-Service Roles definition to the corresponding Resource objects defined via the Homepage Framework Example here shows the Resource Definition for Area page ‘Working Time’ in Backend system ECC6.employee_self_service/com.employee/com.ess.sap. The relation to the appropriate Portal page and iview is maintained under parameter PCD location. ROLES://portal_content/com.sap.0 and the corresponding URL.pct/every_user/com.employee _self_service/com.pct.area_working_time © SAP AG 2005 In the IMG step Resource definition for every area page and service a resource entry is defined.s ap.pc t.area_working_time/com.sap.ess.ess.pct.ess.

One page-iview combination is responsible for the homepage navigation (and is of course also related to the homepage framework in the backend) One page-iview combination is relevant for starting the ESS services. Under Role ESS you will find all Portal Worksets delivered with the ESS Business Package.Relation Resource Objects – Portal Content Page Resource Definition for Area page ‘Address Book’ in ECC 6. Note: You need Portal Content Administration authorization to access the Portal Content Administration tools Please take into account that as of ERP 2005 you need one page and one iview representing ESS Services.0 © SAP AG 2005 You will find the PCD location of the corresponding Portal object here (this folder contains the absolute URL-path of the role!): Go to Content Administration -> End User Content -> Employee Self-Service -> Roles -> Select ‘Employee Self-Service’ and click right mouse button menu to open the objects in the ‘Edit area’. one page-iview combination exist. To view the parameter ‘PCD location’ of one object select ‘Show all’ under Property Category. © SAP AG 41 . You have to link the corresponding portal object PCD location (URL) defined in the portal role URL for every ESS service to the corresponding resource object in the Homepage framework. Every Workset contains pages for the area page and pages for ESS services. For every single ESS service. One Workset contains one ‘overview’ page representing the Area group page. This is different in comparison with EPR2004!!! See also slide 33.

erp.ess.ess.whoiswho portal_content/com.pct.ess.erp.sap.sap.sap.ess.pct.erp.erp.ess.bp_folder/com.employee_self_service/com.sap.pct/every_user/com.pct.erp.sap.sap.sap.roles/com.sap.erp.ess.ess.pct.erp.0 ROLES://portal_content/com.pct.erp.sap.ess.erp.pct.erp.pct.erp.pct.pct.sap.employee_self_service/ com.area_employee_search/com.pct.pct.sap.ess.bp_folder/com.sap.employee_self_service/com.pct.ess.pct/every_user/com.area_employee_search/com.Relation Resource Objects – Portal Content Page Resource Definition for Area page ‘Address Book’ in ECC 6.erp.sap.ess.employee_self_service/ com.whoiswho © SAP AG 2005 You will find the PCD location of the corresponding Portal object here (this folder contains the absolute URL-path of the role!): © SAP AG 42 .sap.ess.roles/com.

To create your own homepage you have to define an area group key. © SAP AG 43 .0 How to allocate the Area group Key (homepage) to the corresponding Portal object??? © SAP AG 2005 You may have defined your own homepage via Homepage framework customizing and you would like to allocate this homepage definition to the corresponding Portal content objects. After this you have to change the parameters of the corresponding Portal objects.How to Set-up an ESS Homepage/Area Group Page Area Group Key defined in the backend-system ECC5.

menuhdr=SAPDEFAULT symbolizes the Header definition.xss.Allocate Area Group key to Portal Iview ‘Overview’ © SAP AG 2005 In case you have defined your own ESS area group page (ESS Portal overview page). You have to allocate the ‘Area group key’ you defined in the ECC 6. Assign your area group key in field Application Parameters like following: sap.xss.menuargrp=<customer defined area group key>. Note: The parameter for sap.0 system to the corresponding ESS Portal overview page iview. This parameter become redundant by using ESS in the Enterprise Portal. You can simply remove this parameter! © SAP AG 44 . How to do this? Go to Portal Content -> End User Content -> Employee Self-Service -> Iviews Select the iview of the Overview page (right mouse button -> Edit object).

menuargrp=<customer defined area group key>. for Personal Information. The area group key in field Application Parameters like following: sap. Assign 1.Allocate Area Group key and Area Group to Portal Worksets 2.g.0 system for your ESS area pages to the corresponding ESS Portal page iviews How to do this? Go to Portal Content -> End User Content -> Employee Self-Services-> Iviews Select the iview of the Portal page e. 1.) you have to allocate the ‘Area key’ you defined in the ECC 6. Working Time etc.g. The area key in field Application Parameter like following: sap. 2.xss.xss.menuarea= <customer defined area key> © SAP AG 45 . © SAP AG 2005 In case you have defined own ESS area groups (e. Employee Search (right mouse button -> Edit object).

. Areagroup AGi VIEW V_T7XSSSERHEB VIEW V_T7XSSSERSDB Server SV1... Subarea SAm VIEW V_T7XSSSERAR VIEW V_T7XSSSERSARB VIEW V_T7XSSSERSRVCG VIEW V_T7XSSSERSRV VIEW V_T7XSSSERSRVG Service S1 .Rr Subarea SA1 ...Entities and Relations With Corresponding Views Header H1 ..SVs VIEW V_T7XSSSERARGB VIEW V_T7XSSSERARB VIEW V_T7XSSSERRES Area A1 . Area An VIEW V_T7XSSSERARG Resource R1......SVGg © SAP AG 46 . Service Sk VIEW V_T7XSSSERSAR © SAP AG 2005 Servicegroup SVG1. Header Hi Areagroup AG1 ......

All Views at a Glance VIEW (SAP) V_T7XSSSERHEB V_T7XSSSERARGB V_T7XSSSERARB V_T7XSSSERSARB V_T7XSSSERSRV V_T7XSSSERSRVCG V_T7XSSSERSRVG V_T7XSSSERARG V_T7XSSSERAR V_T7XSSSERSAR V_T7XSSSERRES Description Basic Header definition Basic Areagroup definition Basic Area definition Basic Subarea definition Basic Service definition Definition of country specific services Basic Servicegroup definition Areagroup definition: Grouping of Areas Area definition: Grouping of subareas Subarea definition: Grouping of services Resource object definition VIEW (Customer) Description V_T7XSSSERHEBC Basic Header definition customer V_T7XSSSERARGBC Basic Areagroup definition customer V_T7XSSSERARBC Basic Area definition customer V_T7XSSSERSARBC Basic Subarea definition customer V_T7XSSSERSRVC Basic Service definition customer V_T7XSSSERSRVCGC Definition of country specific services customer V_T7XSSSERSRVGC Basic Servicegroup definition customer V_T7XSSSERARGC Areagroup definition: Grouping of Areas customer V_T7XSSSERARC Area definition: Grouping of subareas customer V_T7XSSSERSARC Subarea definition: Grouping of services customer V_T7XSSSERRESC Resource object definition customer V_T7XSSSERSDB Server definition © SAP AG 2005 © SAP AG 47 .

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